You know it—it's time for exhibitions, parties, markets and more

It’s the calm before the storm this week, so take what you can before you go on a long weekend of Christmas gatherings, parties, and all-out catch-up sessions. A couple of exhibitions here and there is icing on the cake.

Monday, Dec 18

Christmas Wonderland at Gardens By The Bay

Gardens by the Bay transforms into Singapore's biggest yuletide affair in its fourth edition with a whole bunch of fairground activities, food stalls in partnership with Savour, performances including a circus act with gravity-defying acrobatics, and more. Through Dec 26

The problematic issues surrounding climate change and the ocean take center stage at this exhibition presented by the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. Featuring contributions by 12 artists, filmmakers, composers and researchers who made trips to islands in the Pacific, The Oceanic focuses on large-scale human interventions in oceanic ecospheres. Through Mar 8, 2018

Curated by acclaimed art historian Lorand Hegyi, The Artist’s Voice, brings together the works of 34 contemporary artists from around the world, to reflect on socio-political issues and the human condition through mediums ranging from sculpture and video. Through Mar 18, 2018

Tuesday, Dec 19

Dodo model at Treasures of the Natural World

Catch everyone's favorite drag queen comedian Kumar as he dishes out his usual antics, politically incorrect rants and Singapore issues-based jokes at Canvas. Dec 19

Spend Tuesday nights watching a free movie at Popcorn Movie Nights, over at Palawan Green in Sentosa. This week's chosen film, It's A Wonderful Life, is one of the greatest holiday classics to be made. Dec 19

It’s no Europe, but the first-ever Christmas Village set up at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza will ring the holidays to a sweaty close with a duplex carousel, Santa house and pop-up stores featuring 25 popular brands including Starbucks and Toast Box. Through Dec 25

On the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, the National Museum of Singapore remembers 1942, with their first large-scale, blockbuster war exhibition featuring more than 130 artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions. It’s the biggest collection of war stories to date, but go because the exhibition explores events and portrayals of World War II beyond just your textbook syllabus. Through Mar 21, 2018

A cursed gem, a dodo and a giant stuffed sloth walk into a museum; the punchline is that they’re here to stay till the end of April. Treasures of the Natural World , the traveling exhibition from the Natural History Museum in London, makes its first and only stop in Southeast Asia at the ArtScience Museum, bringing over 200 of the London museum’s star artefacts Through Apr 29, 2018

Wednesday, Dec 20

Universal Studios Singapore

It probably doesn’t get more thematic than at Universal Studios Singapore. They’re transforming the entire New York and Hollywood zones into a starry, snowy world. Go on a ride on Santa’s sleigh, help out the elves at Santa’s workshop, and as night falls, revel with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Boop as a song and  dance takes place under twinkling lights and a beautiful projection mapping. Through Jan 1, 2018

In a stunning collab between National Gallery Singapore and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, Claude Monet and his contemporaries grace our sunny island with over 60 Impressionist masterpieces in Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay, featuring works like the dreamy Le Bassin aux nympheas, harmonie roseThrough Mar 11, 2018

Thursday, Dec 21


With all that stress of squeezing through crowds and endlessly surfing the infinite trove of e-commerce sites for gifts, give yourself a break. Join in the twilight edition of Urban Yogis’ Pop-Up Yoga series at on the MBS Boardwalk. Dec 21

The people who brought you Artbox Singapore are back with an even bigger market. While it ended up being a bit of a literal hot mess, one thing's for sure—Singaporeans love their giant, overhyped markets. Enter Flashbang; Singapore's first and largest creative retail "playground" that will take over the carpark space opposite Cineleisure. It's been touted as a combination of Artbox and iLight Marina Bay. Through Dec 30

Kult Gallery brings fantasy cult favorite Dune by Frank Herbert to life through a variety of VR pieces, paintings, print and project mapping by local and regional artists in their new exhibition, Dune: A Sci-fi Art ShowThrough Dec 30

As with every year, bask in the Christmas spirit on Orchard Road with the annual light-up along the shopping stretch. They're changing things up a little as this year, the lights will go into full force from 3pm every day in broad daylight. How, you ask? Find out hereThrough Jan 1, 2018

Friday, Dec 22

Ryan Hemsworth

Lovers of Ryan Hemsworth, wait no more. The highly sought-after Canadian producer and DJ will be back in Singapore, this time taking on the decks of the cool underground haunt of Mao. Dec 22

Are you a closet novelist with a treasure trove of short fiction stories to boot? Join like-minded people at The Hive Lavender's "Write Your Own Flash Fiction" workshop, as author of The Infinite Library & Other Short Stories Victor Fernando R. Ocampo shows you the ropes of writing. Dec 22

If you're still in the midst of looking for a last-minute gift, at least do some good while you're at it. You'll be able to find first-hand knick-knacks and other apt Christmas gifts at the "Christmas with Impact" market, organised by Singapore-based events company Tabula Rasa. Part of the funds will go to the Bangladesh Refugee Crisis Relief. Dec 22

If high-intensity interval training (HIIT) isn't a challenge for you anymore, try doing it on water. Over at ParkRoyal on Beach Road, these low-impact classes will require you to do a fun, full body workout that include burpees, lunges, squats and aquaclimbers on a solid float in their pool. If not, you can always try doing YogaDec 22

Dance your socks off to a night of trance and psytrance at Piedra Negra's last Astral Moon: The Spirit Wolf of the year. Dec 22

Bringing cheer to the westerly heartlands for the second year running is the Church of the Good Shepherd. They’re setting up a Christmas weekend market filled with dazzling lights, choir and string performances, as well as festive stalls offering hot food, sweet treats and artisanal goods from local shops. Dec 22-23

For 1-Altitude, Christmas begins on Dec 22 all the way through to Christmas Day. Celebrate the festivites at their Snow Ball (Stranger Things reference, perhaps?) as resident DJ duo Leonard Tan C and Jack T helm the decks for a weekend of merry-making. Dec 22-25

You've probably seen a slew of Penang's street art on social media, but if you've never given yourself the chance to head over to try the street food, fret not; it's coming to Singapore. This month, head over to York Hotel for Penang Hawkers' Fare, where you can stuff yourself with char koay kak, ban chang kueh and more at the 12 live stations. Through Jan 1, 2018

If you fancy yourself a cinema enthusiast, the Singapore Art Museum’s latest exhibition Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia is a must-go. In a series of immersive, multi-medium installations, the exhibition brings together the works of 10 artists and art collectives from across the region. Here are five you should check out. Through Mar 18, 2018

Get your adrenaline pumping at Singapore's largest carnival. The massive Prudential Marina Bay Carnival will span across 25,000 sqm (or the size of three and a half football fields) at The Promontory and Bayfront, and boasts more than 40 rides and games—most of which are from the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. Through Apr 1, 2018